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Danyul is a 22 year old student who attended at Blackpool and The Fylde College between 2007 and 2011. Blackpool and The Fylde College is an Associate College of Lancaster University providing full and part-time vocational courses along with apprenticeships, GCSEs, A Levels and higher education courses. It has a dedicated and committed learning support service which works to meet the individual and unique needs of its learners. In 2004 it was awarded the Learning and Skills Council Beacon Award for Equality and Diversity in 2004, and continues to be judged as ‘outstanding’ in this field.
Danyul received his original Statement of Special Education Needs in 1999 for specific learning difficulties including dyslexia and dyspraxia. His statement was amended in 2005 to reflect that Danyul has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Danyul was first met by the college transition team at his mainstream secondary school Year 10 statutory statement reviews. This gave the college an invaluable opportunity to find out what support he was receiving at school and what strategies were being used; who was involved in his world; what he wanted to do after leaving school; and to discuss courses that our college could offer; advice and guidance about his options and choices; discussion of support at college; and to listen to any of Danyul’s concerns about his future transition from school to college. This was followed up by a second visit during Year 11 to prepare Danyul for an interview at college later that year.
Danyul visited our college twice before starting his course. The first occasion was to attend his interview and he was accompanied by his school support worker. The second time to meet with the transition team to discuss a bespoke support package to put in place for his start in September 2007, and to give him a further opportunity to discuss any concerns or to be able to contact the transition team further at any point before starting college for support and guidance.
While at college Danyul completed a First Diploma in Art & Design (he had particularly enjoyed art at school as he was able to express himself through his drawing), moving on to computing where he gained a Level 2 Diploma, and finally a Level 3 National Diploma in Media Production.
Danyul received in-class support from a team of experienced education support workers who were able to assist with the clarification and reinforcement of the tutors’ instructions, and also support him with organisation and time management skills.
His education support workers, and his lecturers in the school of computing have watched his progress at college - from being able to get to, and around college - without support; working with just one support worker to being able to work with several different members of support staff; joining in with group discussions and conversations; finding the confidence to ask for his own help from the class tutor - and in turn he was able to help his class peers. One of his most notable successes was that he was able to give a presentation to the whole class with confidence, making full eye contact, which gained him a merit. By the end of his course Danyul was gaining a host of merits and distinctions, as opposed to basic passes.
Danyul graduated in 2011 and had interviews at several universities. He has now successfully completed his first year studying of a BA Hons in Animation at the University of Central Lancashire where we wish him every success for the future.
Danyul’s mother, in a recent letter Pauline Waterhouse, OBE, College Principal: “Danyul will always be grateful for the support provided to him by members of the learning support team and the lecturing staff of the school of engineering and computing, at Blackpool and The Fylde College, who encouraged him with his studies to be able to achieve his goals.”
- Nicholas Orme, Support & Guidance Co-ordinator, Blackpool and the Fylde College
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